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Our Town

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Transcript of Our Town

Our town Historical Context
-Our Town was set in New Hampshire
in 1901, written between 1934-1938, and published in 1938.

-During these times, much was
happening in the world.
The great depression hit the world hard
in the 1930s, causing economic crashes
and leaving most people very poor and jobless.

-People were living in poverty, needing food, clothing, and shelter.
- In 1939, World War II began when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's invaded Poland.

-This was the start of one of the most depressing and awful times in history. Discrimination and unfair treatment filled the world and took people by storm.

-30,000 Jews and many others were being sent to concentration camps. Many innocent people died, as well as the many men and women who died serving our country.
"In the beginning of Our Town, the stage manager welcomes the audience into the theater as he introduces the people and places of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Grover's Corners is the perfect picture of an American town in the early 1900's. In the book, you are focused on two neighboring families: the Gibbs family and the Webb family. Each household has two children (a boy and a girl.) We witness some childish interactions between Emily Webb and George Gibbs, who are friends. By the second act, three years have passed, and Emily and George's friendship has blossomed into love. George and Emily plan to get married. We are taken back to the day when Emily and George first told each other they loved one another over strawberry ice cream sodas. There is second guessing before they get married, but they do. The third act takes place in the town cemetery. Emily has died in childbirth, many members of Grover's Corners attended the funeral. As soon as the funeral is over, Emily realizes that she can relive her life, and decides to return to the morning of her twelfth birthday- despite warnings from the fellow dead that its a terrible idea. Emily soon realizes that they're correct. Death has brought Emily a big awareness of life; it's too painful for Emily to watch living people who take their time for granted. Emily returns to the cemetery where George is crying over her grave."

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TOPIC ISSUES
death
marriage
family
love
life
travel
communication
Marriage & Relationships
The Facts:
HistoricalContext Cont.
How do marriage and relationships relate to the play?

-With the Great Depression ending and WW2 beginning, depression and sadness was filling the world.

-The only thing people had to make them happy were their husbands/wives, children, and friends.Therefore, maintaining a happy marriage was so essential and important to people.

-This also relates back to Our Town and how Emily realizes, after looking back on her life, how precious life is and how fast it flies by. Spend it with the people you love and who make you happy, don't worry and stress over the little things.
Travel and Communication
the four wheel car was invented in 1885
the mobile phone was first demonstrated in 1973
faster transportation (planes) became popular in the 60's
Traveling across the world today is something that happens daily. Planes, trains, cars, buses, and any other form of travel has become so advanced, that traveling anywhere in the world is almost simple. However because of the many different forms of travel today, people tend to move from where they grew up after they go to college, get married, or have kids.
Because phones weren't popular until the late 1900's, when people wanted to talk, they'd talk in person, not through a phone call or text. This affects social interaction, and the relationships people have with each other today. Making people much less connected because they don't see much of each other or spend time physically because of all the new ways to communicate.
In the 1900's it was frowned upon to have a family with no marital status. Now, the importance of maintaining a marriage isn't as stressed. Divorce rates have increased greatly in comparison to the 1900's.
Marriage and Divorce; Then and now
-The values of marriage have definitely changed over the years, and divorce is much more common nowadays. Back then, divorce rate was about 5%

-It remained that way until after world war 2 when thousands of soldiers came home from the war. By the mid 50's, it was up to 14% and marriages were decreased by 30%

-Now, it is at 50%...meaning that half of marriages turn out in divorce. sadly, it is said that the divorce rate will only keep rising.
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With society being a big impact on so many people of all ages, such as judgement of looks, age, personality, gender, ethnicity, race and even sexuality, it becomes a big responsibility for law enforcements. Recently with the 2012 election there was something known as "question 6" which asked voters of four states, being Washington, Minnesota, Maryland and Maine if they want to pass same sex marriage. It doesn't seem like the most important law to pass, but the passion for the thousands of gay couples wanting to pass the law for same sex marriage is unbelievable. Question 6 was only passed in 3/4 of the states (Washington, Maryland, Maine) however being so, it is still one of the worlds biggest topic concerns, effecting so many people, big and small, gay or not everyone has their opinion.
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By: Thornton Wilder
OUR TOWN
By: Jordyn, Jennifer, Kike, Carly, and Maire
ChArAcTeRs
Main:
George Gibbs
Emilly Webb
Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs
Mr. and Mrs. Webb
stage manager
THANKS FOR WATCHING!!!!
CURRENT EVENTS ON MARRIAGE
How does divorce affect the children?
-divorce is almost always stressful for children
-Divorce also can strain parent-child relationships, lead to lost contact with one parent, create economic hardships, and increase conflict between parents
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